93 — Black and white photography — qualities that make good bw images

Pho­tog­ra­phy pod­cast #93 is based on a thread in our pho­tog­ra­phy forum by mem­ber asnow where he asks about the qual­i­ties make a good black and white photo. A num­ber of other forum mem­bers help answer the ques­tion and I offer up some per­sonal opin­ions as well. One‚piece‚of good advice involves learn­ing to see in black and white using a dig­i­tal cam­era. Most dig­i­tal cam­eras can cap­ture the image in colour but SHOW it to you on your camera’s screen in black and white. This allows you to learn how coloured tones under a given light look in black and white. (Look up the word mono­chrome in your camera’s instruc­tion man­ual for instruc­tions on how to do this). Live view is also fan­tas­tic as it shows you how the scene will look in BW even before you click the shut­ter. (Many thanks to asnow, raven4ns, Wicked Dark and Andrew for their con­tri­bu­tions to the thread and podcast.)

Snow Tracks - Marko Kulik

Snow Tracks — Marko Kulik

Links /resources men­tioned in this podcast:

The Zone Sys­tem — Wikipedia | The Zone sys­tem on Lumin­ious land­scape
Wicked Dark’s arti­cle Black and White 101

Emo­tion is the reg­u­lar assign­ment this month on our pho­tog­ra­phy forum

Back­light­ing is the level 2 assign­ment this month on our pho­tog­ra­phy forum
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  1. Shant M says:

    By the way, my name is pro­nounced like Sean with a “T” at the end.

  2. Shant M says:

    Thank you so much for the pod­cast Marko! I went and revis­ited some of my old HDR’s and con­verted to B&W, adjusted the red blue and green fil­ters, boosted the con­trast, and wow the end results were far more impres­sive than the col­ored ones. The tonal range really makes the B&W look won­der­ful. I have included a link to them on my web­site. Keep up the great work and stay warm! If it’s too cold come visit Los Ange­les, we’re walk­ing around in shorts and t-shirts :)



  3. admin says:

    Thanks for the com­ments kat and WD!

    I’m ALWAYS open to sug­ges­tions for the pod­cast, forum or site so please don’t hes­i­tate to make fur­ther suggestions.


  4. Wicked Dark says:

    Wow, that was info-packed! Good job. Thanks for the men­tions and work­ing with the board mem­bers for input. Makes for a broader-ranging expe­ri­ence for lis­ten­ers, I think.

  5. kat says:

    Won­der­ful pod­cast! I guess I am a bit bias on this one though :)


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